Events and Exhibitions: May 22 – May 28, 2015

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

BookExpo America this year honors writers from China.  There are a number of author events and films based on novels that run through May 31.  Check our one-time and short term event calendar for events.  We’re giving away two tickets to the Liu Cixin event below.  For your chance to win, send an email to with the subject line “The Three-Body Problem” by 11:59 PM Saturday night. In the body of the message, also let us know how you heard about Beyond Chinatown. We’ll pick two winners on Sunday!

Coming up:

Taiwanese American Professionals – New York presents their 4th annual Taiwanese Night Market on May 29.

LEVEL UP 2015 features Taiwanese artists and designers involved with game design takes place on May 30 and 31.

Beijing band Birdstriking comes to Brooklyn on June 15.

We add listings to our one-time and short term event and ongoing exhibition calendars as we learn of them.  If you know of anything or would like to contribute photos or an article, shoot us an email at

Upcoming Events

1) Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Arts Troupe – Founded in 1995 by Hsu Cheng-Rong; Chio-Tian has made a name for itself through the methods in which they have taken traditional Taiwanese temple performing arts to the stage thus gaining recognition abroad and at home for their contribution to promoting a very unique culture of Taiwan.

They are also recognized in Taiwan as a troupe that helps to give delinquent youths of Taiwan a second chance in life through a strict yet educational regime of performance and self-endurance. They provide a sense of family for these youths who have lost their way and through encouragement and at times discipline, these youths are able to turn their lives around and start anew.

Presented by Passport to Taiwan 2015 and the Taiwanese American Association of New York – TAANY (大紐約區台灣同鄉會)

Friday, May 22, 7:15 PM
Taiwan Center NY, 137-44 Northern Boulevard
$10/General Admission; $100/VIP


2) NYU Shanghai: Best of Chinese and American Education – Jointly established by New York University and East China Normal University, NYU Shanghai is the third degree-granting campus in NYU’s global network, joining NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU’s campus in New York City. It is also the first Sino-US joint venture university approved by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China with independent legal person status. At this special Renwen lecture, Dr. Yu Lizhong, President of NYU Shanghai, will shed light on this ultra-modern university as a new model for US-China collaboration in education, including opportunities and challenges in this new venture.

Saturday, May 23, 2:00 PM
China Institute in America, 125 E. 65th Street
Free/Members; $10/Non-Members


3) Love and Family in Taiwan and Hawaii – Taiwan and Hawaii sit on the opposite sides of the Pacific, but these two islands serve as hubs of migration from the rest of Asia and to the United States.  The Asian American Writers Workshop hosts novelists Julie Wu and Cecily Wong who have written about family and romance, history and the displacement of immigration in Taiwan and Hawaii.

Saturday, May 23, 3 PM
Asian American Writers Workshop, 110-112 West 27th Street


4) BodyMemory Workshop – “Smelly Finger” – BodyMemory is a hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. Sometimes, the memories that our body stores are not always memories that we are aware of consciously. In order to capture the physical memory, Beijing based artist Yi Zhou started a project called BodyMemory which is a series of duplicated cast models of her body parts then she sent them as special gifts to people have special memories associated with particular body parts. After few years development, this project has been expended to different lines including: Ready-made accessories, customized service and a DIY finger kit.

Saturday, May 23, 3 PM
Sunday, May 24, 5 PM
Ran Tea House, 269 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
$30/Tickets; $20/Students – Price covers cost of materials for the workshop.


5) Passport to Taiwan Festival – This huge annual festival celebrates Taiwan culture with performances, arts & crafts, food, raffles, and exhibitions.

Sunday, May 24, 12 – 5 PM
Union Square North


6) Censorship and Conscience: Foreign Authors and the Challenge of Chinese Censorship – Three of China’s leading literary dissidents, whose work is not permitted within their own country, come together to speak out. Join this conversation to call attention to China’s silenced writers and the challenges of free expression in the country, and insist that any consideration of China’s burgeoning literary market takes this into account.

With Guo Xiaolu (郭小橹), Murong Xuecun (慕容雪村), Bao Pu, and others
Moderated by Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch

Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 PM
Lynne Redgrave Theatre at The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street


7) Under the Hawthorne Tree 《山楂树之恋》 – Directed by Zhang Yimou and set during the end of China’s Cultural Revolution in a small village in Yichang City, Hubei Province, Under the Hawthorn Tree 《山楂树之恋》 tells the story of a pure love that unfolds between beautiful city girl Jing Qiu (Dongyu Zhou) and handsome young villager Lao San (Shawn Dou). Jing Qiu, who lived a difficult life due to her father being labeled a “right winger,” is sent to the village at the age of 16 and meets Lao San, who has a promising future due to his father’s high ranking military background. Even with the divide between their social backgrounds, romance blooms between the young couple, but will their love ever become fulfilled? (114 minutes)

Tuesday, May 26, 7 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Thursday, May 28, 6:30 PM
Queens Library, Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing


8) China-America Literary Symposium 2015: Reading Contemporary China – In collaboration with the Confucius Institutes at Columbia University and Pace University, the Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY hosts a symposium of contemporary Chinese authors who are participating in BookExpo America 2015 (BEA). Speakers include: Liu Zhenyun (刘震云), Bi Feiyu (毕飞宇), Feng Tang (冯唐)Lan Lan (蓝蓝), Zhao Lihong (赵丽宏), Xu Zechen (徐则臣), He Jianming (何建明), and Cao Wenxuan (曹文轩).

The event involves in-depth discussions about the role of writing in the contemporary world and the prospects for literary interactions between the U.S. and China. This event will be in English and Mandarin with translation available throughout the evening.

Wednesday, May 27, 5:30 – 8 PM
SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th Street
Free [Update: corrected to indicate that it is open to the public and not just to China Institute members]


9) Rally for Silenced Chinese Writers – Take a stand for Free Expression in China. With Murong Xuecun (慕容雪村)Guo Xiaolu (郭小橹), Bao Pu, A.M. Homes, Francine Prose, Paul Auster, Jonathan Franzen, Ha Jin

Join a literary protest on the steps of the New York Public Library (5th Ave and 42nd Street) as we stand in solidarity with silenced Chinese writers. Help Pen American and demand an end to China’s repressive censorship laws and the release of the 40+ writers jailed by China for their work.

Wednesday, May 27, 6 PM (Check-in begins at 5:30)
New York Public Library (5th Ave and 42nd Street)


10) An Evening with Cixin Liu: Hosted by John Scalzi – Liu Cixin (刘慈欣), author of the celebrated Chinese sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem chats with American sci-fi writer John Scalzi

Wednesday, May 27, 6PM
China Institute in America, 125 East 65th Street
$10/Members; $15/Non-Members


11) Conversation: Ann Magnuson and Carlo McCormick – In conversation with Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor, Paper magazine, Ann Magnuson, writer, actress, singer, musician, and performer, will share memories of her friend and collaborator Tseng Kwong Chi, and recall the downtown New York art and nightlife scene in the 1980s. Co-sponsored by NYU’s Fales Library and Grey Art Gallery.

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 PM
Third Floor, Fales Library, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South


12) Fly with the Crane 《告訴他們,我乘白鶴去了》 – Rising Chinese director, Li Ruijun (Old Donkey, The Summer Solstice) makes his most accomplished feature yet with the spiritually inclined, generally light-of-touch, Fly With the Crane. Based on a novel by co-producer Su Tong, whose Wives and Concubines was adapted as Raise the Red Lantern, pic explores a rural granddad’s desire, as explained to his pint-sized grandson, to be buried like in the old days, though only cremations are permitted nowadays. Sharing some of the same concerns as Peng Tao’s The Cremator, this simply told but resonant story will be a high flier at fests, including those aimed at older kids. (99 minutes)

Followed by a Q&A with author/co-producer Su Tong

Wednesday, May 27, 7 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Thursday, May 28, 4 PM
Queens Library Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing


13) Decoded with Mai Jia – Mai Jia (麦家), winner of the prestigious Mao Dun prize and China’s foremost author of spy thrillers, talks about the creation of his newest novel Decoded. Set in the 1930s during China’s civil war, a semi-autistic math genius is recruited by a top-secret government agency as a codebreaker.  Mai also discusses the demands of the genre and the psychological exploration afforded by literary fiction.

Tash Aw writes in his review for The Telegraph that “There is a determination to unsettle the reader, an uneasiness about settling on one focused point of view, almost as if the narrative style is attempting to replicate the complexities of code breaking that lie at the heart of the novel…All his novels thus far slip easily into the category of spy thrillers, and yet they are fundamentally different literary creatures from those familiar to Western audiences, by John le Carré or Robert Harris, for example. That Mai Jia’s work has such a huge appeal in China gives us clues as to its radically different roots, as well as to the way it taps into current modes of thinking in China.”

Wednesday, May 27, 7 PM
Barnes and Noble – Upper West Side, 2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street)


14) Drinkin’ Man – An Ephemeral Art Show – Curated by Avent Studio founders He Wei and Hu Naishu, Drinkin’ Man offers a stage for the audience to taste different alcohols served by male performers with various types of side dishes. Its concept conceives from the song “Drinkin’ Man” by George Strait. Everyday, there are plenty of people suffering by alcoholism, “dealing with the thoughtless remarks of those who underestimate the seriousness of their problems”. The exhibition reveals the desires hiding inside of men’s uniforms in a humorous way, since the alcohol seems to be the toy for adults. It breaks the boundaries of reality and dream, sorrow and joy. Avent Studio promises an unforgettable performance food show to the audience, taking a satirical and innovative approach to our drinking experience.

Thursday, May 28, 6 PM
Avent Studio, 516 W 25th Street, # 306B

Ongoing Films and Shows

We’ll let you know as soon as we know.


Just added and opening:

1) Happy Together (Tina Kim Gallery, 5/15 – 7/3) – A group exhibition featuring works by Kim Beom, Kwan Sheung, Chi, Lee Kit, Minouk Lim, Park Chan-Kyong, Pratchaya Phinthong, Ming Wong, and Yang Zhenzhong.

Curated by Clara M Kim, Happy Together is the inaugural exhibition of Tina Kim Gallery’s new space on 21st street.  The exhibition focuses on works made over the last 15 years, taking an ironic turn to reveal the inherent precariousness and fragility that holds Asia together, a continent with no shared language, culture or religion.

Happy Together considers the diverse artistic practices coming out of Asia, against the backdrop of global forecasts that prognosticate the 21st century as the “Asian Century”.  Through a discrete body of artist’s works, the exhibition attempts to demystify grand narratives and complicate the dynamics that shape everyday life, including the legacies of colonialism, the cold war, rampant industrialization, and more recently, heated territorial disputes.  Happy Together borrows its title from Wong Kar Wai’s 1997 film of the same name to conjure the transformation of the public and private space amidst radial changes.  Together, the artists in the exhibition from China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand, represent a generation negotiating the contradictory intersection between political agenda and everyday reality.

2) Open Door Discourse (NARS Foundation, 5/21 – 6/18) – The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation is delighted to present Open Door Discourse, a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse into the international artistic practice grown out of a few month residency program. Coming at the mid-point of the residency for many of the artists, some work have emerged fully formed while some continue to evolve. The exhibition features selections from the work of 2015 Season II Residency Artists: Elise Bonato, Magali Duzant, Philippe Halaburda, Karolina Kazmierska, Yvonne C Roth, Martha Skou and Louise Foo, Knutte Wester, and Ren Zi.

Ren Zi begins with photographs of the urban NYC landscape and transforms them.  He uses an overlay of mythology and pop cultural constructs and references to examine the personal mythology of memory.

3) The Great Ephemeral (New Museum, 5/27 – 9/6) – Co-presented by Taipei Contemporary Art Center, The Great Ephemeral responds to the speculative nature of the global market, whether by exploring its intangible, even emotional, aspects or offering clear-eyed commentary on its social effects and inequalities. Artists include Chen Chieh-jen, Heman Chong, Chou Yu-Cheng, Nir Evron, Joel Holmberg, Lee Kit, Chelsea Knight, Minouk Lim, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

Closing soon:

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience (New Museum, 2/25 – 5/24)

One World, Different Strokes 《紐約臺灣創意插畫聯展》 (Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, 5/16 – 5/28)

The School of Nature and Principle (EFA Project Space, 4/10 – 5/30)

Chien-Chi Chang: Double Happiness (inCube Arts SPACE, 5/15 – 5/30)

Let us know if there’s something people need to see.

Visit the exhibition calendar ( for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

Shen Shaomin (沉少民 / 沈少民) : Handle with Care (小心轻放 / 小心輕放) (Klein Sun Gallery, 3/7 – 5/2)

Myth and Mutations (REVERSE,  4/10 – 5/2)

Yan Shanchun (严善錞): West Lake (西湖) (Chambers Fine Art, 2/26 – 5/9)

The Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 3/6 – 5/13)

The Revival: William Pang Solo Exhibition (Gallery 456, 4/23 – 5/15)

The View of Formosa’s Landscape from Photographers (Taipei Cultural Center of TECO, 3/13 – 5/15)

Chang Chien-Chi: Escape from North Korea and China Town (Chi-Wen Gallery at Frieze New York 2015, Focus, Booth D06, 5/14 – 5/17)

Arthur Ou (Brennan & Griffin, 4/12 – 5/17)

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience (New Museum, 2/25 – 5/24)

One World, Different Strokes 《紐約臺灣創意插畫聯展》 (Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, 5/16 – 5/28)

The School of Nature and Principle (EFA Project Space, 4/10 – 5/30)

Chien-Chi Chang: Double Happiness (inCube Arts SPACE, 5/15 – 5/30)

Open Door Discourse (NARS Foundation, 5/21 – 6/18)

Guang Zhu: Aquarium of Equations #2 (HERE, 4/30 – 6/20)

Cecile Chong: Time Collision (Project Room at BRIC House, 5/21 – 6/21)

Ciu Xiuwen (崔岫闻): Awaking of the Flesh (崔岫聞:肉身的覺醒) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Wu Yuren: On Parole (吳玉仁:假釋) (Klein Sun Gallery, 5/7 – 6/27)

Su-Mei Tse: one thousand and one dreams behind us (Peter Blum Gallery, 4/24 – 6/27)

Building Stories (ATP Gallery, 5/8 – 6/27)

Zhe Zhu and Zhangbolong Liu: Vanitas/Traces 朱喆与刘张铂泷:维尼塔斯/痕迹 (Fou Gallery at Carma, 4/24 – 6/28)

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera (Grey Art Gallery, 4/21 – 7/11)

New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture (Dorsky Gallery, 5/10 – 7/12)

Happy Together (Tina Kim Gallery, 5/15 – 7/3)

China: Through the Looking Glass (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5/7- 8/16)

The Great Ephemeral (New Museum, 5/27 – 9/6)

Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong (Museum of Chinese in America, 3/26 – 9/13)

Image: Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, Photo by Andrew Shiue